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Northrop Grumman Opens New Facilities for Design and Manufacture of Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Northrop Grumman expands Coventry UK UGV development facility.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Oct 20, 2009

Northrop Grumman's tried and tested Wheelbarrow Revolution unmanned ground vehicle demonstrating its capability for remote bomb disposal and hazardous duty operations at the opening of the company's new facilities in Coventry. Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 unmanned ground vehicle systems in operation around the world.

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The Coventry facilities, the development site for Northrop Grumman’s Wheelbarrow and CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicles, have been expanded and enhanced to better support design and manufacturing, training and demonstration.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) officially opened its newly extended UK facilities for the design, manufacture and technical support of the company’s unmanned ground vehicles.

The enhanced facilities located at Northrop Grumman’s Remotec site in Coventry, UK will support the full range of unmanned ground vehicles including Wheelbarrow and CUTLASS, the next generation vehicle being developed for the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The event was attended by Northrop Grumman executives, as well as MoD officials and local political leaders. They received a tour of the facility as well as briefings on and demonstrations of its unmanned ground vehicle system capabilities. Lieutenant-General Gary Coward, Chief of Materiel (Land), Defence Equipment & Support performed the official opening.

“We have made a significant investment in extending and upgrading our existing Coventry site, improving design and manufacturing facilities and creating a new training and demonstration area. This now increases the company’s capability to develop, manufacture and maintain the full range of our unmanned vehicles in a secure state-of-the-art environment,” said Paul Davison, vice-president and managing director for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector in Europe. “The extended facilities underpin Northrop Grumman’s commitment to maintaining the long term operational capability in unmanned ground vehicles of our UK and international customers.”

“Our expertise in this area is becoming increasingly relevant as unmanned ground vehicles help meet the demands of detecting and disposing of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices, and provide a wider information systems capability for national security and resilience,” said Sir Nigel Essenhigh, chairman of Northrop Grumman U.K. “Opening these enhanced facilities marks another milestone in Northrop Grumman’s continuing efforts to strengthen its U.K.-based technical capabilities.”

Northrop Grumman’s unmanned ground vehicle business has been established in Coventry for more than 20 years. Today the company designs, develops and manufactures some of the most capable and reliable unmanned ground vehicles available, from the Wheelbarrow bomb disposal robot to CUTLASS, the next generation vehicle for hazardous operations in development for the MoD. Its wide range of vehicles can be configured according to the operational requirements of the user including explosive ordnance disposal, ground surveillance, hazardous material and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) missions. The vehicles are capable of full integration with command control system applications. The company has more than 2,000 unmanned ground vehicle systems in operation around the world.

Northrop Grumman has a strong presence in the UK with a heritage spanning nearly 100 years. The company operates from primary locations in London, Fareham, Chester, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough, RAF Waddington and Solihull and provides avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, unmanned ground vehicle systems, C4ISR solutions and mission planning, IT systems and software development, aircraft whole life support and airport security solutions.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT:  Ken Beedle
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